Armed Robbery: SARS Arrest Two, Recover Weapons

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From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operations in the outskirt of Uyo, Akwa Ibom have yielded positive results, leading to the arrest of two suspects and recovery of several locally made weapons in the hideout of an armed robbery gang.
Two arrested suspects, Ita Bassey and Kufre Udo, were paraded by the state police command along with the recovered weapons.
The state commissioner who police Mr. Murtala Mani, who was represented by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Cordellia Nwawe, an assistant superintendent of police told reporters that the suspects were apprehended over the weekend by the SARS following a tipoff. She said some of the bandits were still at large, adding that the police were on their trail.
Nwawe said after the suspects’ arrest, they were taken to their hideout where the weapons were recovered.
She said no individual has the right to poses firearms and urged the public to report any suspected movement around them, adding that such gesture would contribute to the safety of citizens.
One of the suspects, Ita Bassey who hails from Ndak Etoi, in Uyo local government, said he was not an armed robber, but a cultist.
He corroborated the police report by saying that a search was conducted in his residence and the police recovered locally made guns.
The suspect said: “I am a cultist. The police brought me here with one of my friends and took me to my house to search and they recovered locally made weapons.
“I am not the owner of the guns; it was my big man who is a cultist who gave me the gun. I have never robbed before. My friend made me to join cultism but he did not tell me that it was going to be like this.”

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